See These 12 Secrets About She’s the Man for What They Really Are

See These 12 Secrets About She’s the Man for What They Really Are

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have to wait nearly two decades for people to appreciate it greatly. 

Coming out of the premiere of his film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical at the Sundance Film Festival, director Andy Fickman was receiving a lot of drug-related pitches "They were like, 'Do you want to do Cocaine Fiends? Do you want to do Happy Herointown?'"—when he came across the script for a teen comedy, She's the Man.

Penned by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, the movie was a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, centering on Viola, a teenage girl who pretends to be her twin brother in order to play on the boys' soccer team. Shenanigans ensue, romantic complications occur and gender norms are defied. 

"I just loved it," Fickman previously E! News of the script. "I was such a big Twelfth Night fan, such a big Shakespeare fan as a theater director, I dove in."

And he dove in head-first with Amanda Bynes, as the beloved Nickelodeon child star was already attached to play Viola (and twin Sebastian). 

"Then we all just went off to the races together and started casting right away," Fickman said, "and Amanda was very much part of that casting process because it's all about chemistry. That was putting together an ensemble."

It was an ensemble of then-mostly unknown actors, including Virgin River's Alexandra BreckinridgeSilicon Valley's Amanda CrewFirefly Lane's Brandon Jay McLaren and, oh yeah, Channing Tatum.

Yes, before the superstar became one of Hollywood's go-to leading men, he landed his breakout role as Duke Orsino, the hunky-yet-awkward team captain and object of Viola's affection, which required him to stick a tampon up his nose. It's a moment that is cinematic proof that Tatum had the comedic chops well before 21 Jump Street, thank you very much.

Source: E! News